EAC’s 9th Annual Festival of Trees, to be held from 5-6 pm, Saturday, December 9, will be boosted this year by seasonal music on the piano from Chris John Farr. The event features a twinkling wonderland of tabletop-size trees lovingly and ingeniously decorated by members of the EAC community, available to the highest bidder by silent auction. A raffle of giftable items, refreshments and a jovial atmosphere for socializing complete the annual event, which is an important fundraising effort in support of the Center’s year-round programming for all ages.

Brandy Argir made this photograph at the 2018 Festival of Trees. Handmade ornaments, a keepsake for years to come, are one of the many delights of EAC tree-buyers.

Born in England and raised in Ottowa, Canada, Farr studied physics in college, with an interest medical imaging and radiation therapy technology, then had a series of careers:
“Computers were just coming into use and new medical technologies were emerging that relied on image processing. Most of my career was with Philips Medical Systems where I was responsible for product marketing for CT and MRI scanners in North America,” noted Farr. “I feel fortunate to have been involved with some of the earliest users of these machines and it was a tremendously exciting time watching these technologies transform medical diagnostics.”

“After leaving Philips, I wanted to start my own business so I did the “Bob Newhart thing” and bought a Bed and Breakfast Inn in Kennebunkport Maine. While it was a wonderful experience being an innkeeper and meeting some extraordinary people, I found it frustrating that I could never leave the house during the summer.”

“On selling the Inn, I embarked on a new career as a healthcare consultant advising hospitals and government on how the technology of medical imaging and radiation therapy equipment was evolving and how it would be changing patterns of care. As a futurist, I got the wonderful opportunity to work all over the world.”

“Retirement has given me the opportunity to concentrate on my passions – playing the piano and photography – and it was those two passions that helped me make the decision to make Lubec my home.”

Chris Farr is shown in performance at the Congregational Church, Lubec Maine, in July 2023. He notes that this was his SummerKeys class performance!